“I Can’t Live Without You!” A Close-up Examination of Microorganisms Involved in Mutually Beneficial Symbiotic Relationships

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To gain an understanding of symbiotic relationships that exhibit nature working together, scholars create slides of three different microorganisms working in symbiotic relationships. Through careful observation, they learn why termites, lichens, and legumes are important to every ecosystem.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Set up as many microscope stations as possible to reduce wait time and increase engagement
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of the classification of microbes, symbiosis, various oxygen requirements, nutritional requirements for living organisms, function of enzymes, nitrogen fixation, and basic microscopy skills
  • Instructor will need to order or catch termites in advance in addition to collecting lichen and legumes
Pros

  • Highlights vocabulary in the background knowledge for both the teacher and the students as well as in a separate vocabulary section
  • Provides answers to all analysis questions
  • Offers a supplier for termites if you don't already have one
Cons

  • None